2024 Summit on Drone Geophysics


28–31 October 2024

The 2024 SEG Summit on Drone Geophysics will feature the latest science and innovation on the integration of drones into geophysical studies through a four-day, online international conference.

Attendees will:

  • Connect with leaders in the development and use of drones for geophysics;
  • Learn about recent advances in a wide range of drone geophysical sensor technology and scientific methods, including magnetic, electromagnetic, ground-penetrating radar, and seismic; and
  • Network with colleagues from around the globe to share information and meet potential new collaborators. 

In the last several years, drones (or small uncrewed aircraft systems, sUAS) have evolved from a novel idea to a fundamental tool in the geosciences. The workshop will provide attendees with an overview of sUAS state-of-the-art for real-world geophysical studies as well as insights into developments, trends, and issues impacting this rapidly growing field. The summit provides a valuable, interactive learning and networking opportunity for geophysics professionals at all stages of this work, whether you are already using drone-deployed geophysical sensors or just starting to explore how these technologies can help you meet your scientific mission. The event will include scientific talks, panels, community discussions, and more. Participants will include professionals from industry, academia, and government, and students are also invited.
The 2024 Summit on Drone Geophysics is our fifth annual multi-day online meeting. Originating as a daylong event at the end of the annual SEG meeting, the continued expansion of the event content and participation reflects the growing interest and demand for these new tools and technologies. For geophysical professionals, this is a premier opportunity to get the latest updates in a dynamic field where the science, sensors, aircraft platforms, and regulatory framework continue to undergo rapid change and evolution.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Topics

  • Aeronautical UAVs and business
  • Agriculture
  • Cryosphere
  • Data fusion
  • Data integration
  • Deep learning
  • Drone platforms and advancements
  • Drone swarms and clustering drones
  • Drone systems and noise
  • Drones for extreme weather and conditions
  • EM
  • Exploration
  • Gamma ray spectroscopy
  • Geohazards
  • GPR
  • Gradiometry
  • Gravity
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Hydrologic challenges
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure for engineering – slope stability etc.
  • Landmines and UXOs
  • Magnetics
  • Magnetics for abandoned wells
  • Minerals
  • Multisensor
  • Novel sensors
  • Photogrammetry and LiDAR
  • QA/QC of drone data
  • Radiometrics
  • Robotics
  • TEM
  • Thermal data
  • Transportation


All authors will submit a short abstract summarizing their work. The abstract should not exceed 1 full page (between 500-700 words) and one fully captioned image. All abstracts must be in PDF format.

  •   Title: Font = Times New Roman, size = 14, bold
  •   Author Name, affiliation, and contact email: Font = Times New Roman, size = 11, italics, immediately below the title.
  •   Body: Times New Roman, size = 12, single spaced

A sample abstract can be found under “Important Documents on the right side bar.”

If the author wishes to submit an extended abstract, the fonts and formats are the same as above, but page length can be up to four pages.

Sponsorship Opportunities


  • Logo on website
  • Logo on virtual program
  • Logo on break PPTs
  • Virtual Showcase on event webpage – promotional material in PDF and/or .mp4 video format is acceptable.
  • (No pricing or sales material should be submitted)
  • 10 minute program presentation slots. Availability limit one per platinum sponsor. There are eight openings and will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

GOLD — US$500

  • Logo on website
  • Logo on virtual program
  • Logo on break PPTs

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Important Documents

Sample Abstract

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
18 August 2024